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Cellino explains how Inter got it wrong with Tonali

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Brescia President Massimo Cellino insists Inter did all they could to sign Sandro Tonali who eventually joined rivals AC Milan in the summer.

It is no secret that Inter Milan spent a good part of the summer trying to sign Sandro Tonali.

The 20-year-old is without a doubt one of the very best youngsters in Serie A.

Inter came close to signing Tonali and reports even claimed that a deal had been agreed with Brescia. In the end, the deal never materialized and the midfielder eventually joined AC Milan, a club he has supported since his childhood days.

Brescia president Cellino gives an insight on the transfer and where Inter saw it go wrong for them.

“I’ve never had a player this strong before,” Cellino told Il Messaggero as quoted by Football-Italia.

“I wanted to keep hold of him, but unfortunately the dream was shattered with the relegation and the uncertainty transmitted by the pandemic.

“I had to deal with the programming of Brescia without refinancing the club. I am the president and this is my profession, while other colleagues do it as a hobby.”

Conte was a big admirer of Tonali but it didn’t stop the youngster from snubbing the Nerazzurri.

“Inter got it wrong,” added Cellino.

“Marotta wanted Tonali and Conte loves him. The clubs that made approaches were rejected because of Inter but at some point, Tonali wanted to know his future.

“Sandro has been a fan of Milan since he was a child. The operation with them made me doubly happy: I also respected a club that gave value to money. Maldini has DNA from Milan and has everything he needs to become an important director.”